Program Highlights

  • Why my self-interest is connected to your self-interest.
  • Creating a powerful team by matching strengths with weaknesses.
  • Valuing the process as much as the outcome—why a narrow focus on results alone is shortsighted.

George Zimmer has succeeded in the retail industry by breaking many of the industry rules—especially those rules that seem to call for employees to receive low pay, little training, and lots of part-time work. The core of his company's success is its corporate culture, based on "servant leadership" values. These values seek to involve others in decision-making and enhance the personal growth of workers while improving the quality of organizational life. In this wide-ranging talk, Zimmer explains how his experience proves that a culture based on strong ethical values can succeed even within a competitive business environment.

George Zimmer is a unique individual - a company co-founder, entrepreneur, TV icon and CEO who has transitioned his company from one store, opened in Houston in 1973, to over 650 stores with $1.3 billion in sales and a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. His humanity has developed simultaneously with the growth of his business acumen, creating a Fortune 1000 company with a spiritual corporate culture. One of Zimmer's proudest achievements is the inclusion of Men's Wearhouse on Fortune's list of "The 100 Best Companies To Work For."



Leading by Example

George Zimmer

Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO, The Men's Wearhouse, Inc.


43 Minutes



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